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Rue McClanahan: ‘Golden Girls’ Star’s Death Goes Viral 5 Years Later

Fri, June 12, 2015 11:00am EDT by Add first Comment
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When news of ‘Golden Girl’ star Rue McClanahan’s death rocked Twitter on June 10, users were in for a shock –since Rue actually died five years ago. So what happened?

Rue McClanahan, best known for playing Blanche Devereaux on Golden Girls, died at the age of 76 after suffering a stroke in June 2010, leaving us desolate. And for some reason, news of her death went viral again, five years later,  opening old wounds all over again. A whole swath of fans who seemed to not know Rue had died were utterly depressed. But why is her death “happening” again?


On Thursday, June 10, Twitter was ablaze with an outpouring of support and tributes to Rue from fans who couldn’t believe that the actress had died. The only thing is that they were five years late. Social media users mourning Rue apparently didn’t notice the date on Rue’s obituary: June 3, 2010.

We loved Rue, and understand why so many are so upset, and feel like they need to make their feelings for the beloved actress public. A popular theory is that a Golden Girls fan with a large number of followers on Twitter must have originally shared the obituary and expressed their condolences. From there, the word spread that Rue had died (five years later than she actually did) and the situation snowballed out of control. Completely innocent, but confusing so long after her actual death.

What’s so strange is that this isn’t even the first time this has happened! In 2014, the same phenomenon occurred. Fans were distraught to learn that Rue had died — yes, four years after her death. The obituary itself isn’t to blame; the correct date is clearly marked on the top of the article. The only explanation must be that people love Rue so much that their grief gets the best of them. It’s actually very sweet! Let’s hope next year, Rue gets to rest in peace!

HollywoodLifers, did you fall for it; did you think Rue had died in 2015? You can tell us!

— Samantha Wilson